Most people believe that the different Koi food available in the market is almost similar. People assume that cheap food is the same as an expensive brand with a different label. Koi keepers who base the meals for their fish on their food are mainly the ones who use such comments. One can try to understand that a pond keeper needs to save the money they spend on the diet of the fish but fish keepers should know that not all food are the same. There are some factors that need to be looked at.
You can choose, to begin with analyzing the nutrition of different meals. One cannot just eat anything that is brought for them in the restaurant with no idea of what it is. The same logic applies when choosing the food for the Koi. Different Khoi meals are meant to be eaten at different times of the year. Most meals that can be taken during all season by the Koi have little protein content and are easy to digest. Meals designed for growth have a high amount of protein and are best for summer season.
Feeding on high growth fish food can result in serious health issues on the fish. As the temperature declines, the metabolism of Koi fish decreases. Growth food is not easy to digest, and this means that the food can start to rot in the body of the fish. As a result, the fish can get sick or die.
Determine the ingredient of the meal you give to the Koi fish. Most of the fish meals in the market constitute fillers like corn which are not easily digested in the body of Koi fish. This leads to the production of more fish waste which results in poor quality water in the pond. It is highly advisable that you avoid fish foods that have fillers and other ingredients of low quality. Avoid fish meals that have fake brands.
Most pond owners prefer mixing the Koi meals because of their huge prices. This strategy is mainly used by pond keepers with many Koi fish in their ponds and especially if the larger Koi have high appetites.
Ensure that your fish feed on fresh meals. Most of the Koi meals that are sold at low prices are typically milled in bulk quantities which take many years before they are sold to the retailers. If the Koi meal is kept for so long; it loses its nutrients. The meals that have not lasted for a long period after their packaging are therefore the best to feed Koi fish.
A fish pond keeper should select the Koi meals based on the quality but not the price. Quality food is necessary for making the fish grow fast and have a strong immune.